Mose Auimatagi Jnr Signs Deal With Dragon Fire Boxing
"Iron" Mose Auimatagi Jnr ( 14-1-2, 9 KOs), regarded as one of New Zealand boxing's brightest prospects, has never failed to light up the ring whenever the time has come from him to lace up his gloves.
For those who have followed his career, it has always been obvious that the 25-year-old South Auckland super middleweight has talent to burn, but over the past two years, finding an outlet for that talent has proven to be a difficult endeavor.
Auimatagi has had multiple fights fall over during this period, and despite stopping Australia's Kerry Foley last June, in a bout which saw him capture the WBA Interim Oceania and OPBF silver title, there was concern amongst fans that Auimatagi would struggle to get the matchups he deserved.
Thankfully, those concerns can be put to rest after last week's announcement that Auimatagi had signed a managerial deal with Tony Tolj's Dragon Fire Boxing. Based out of Australia, Dragon Fire Boxing is home to some of Australasia's top pugilists, most notably Jason and Andrew Moloney.
Auimatagi's long-term trainer Grant Arkle will still be involved in the new setup with Arkle set to co-manage Auimatagi with Tolj.
"I am really happy. I am really stoked how we got signed with him (Tolj). I know Grant is happy as well, so it's good," Auimatagi said to NZ Fighter.
"Before signing, I went around to past and present fighters who have signed or who have had had dealings with Tony, and one of them was Danny Green, and he really recommended that I sign with Tony, I spoke to him, and I spoke to Reagan Dessaix as well."
Dragon Fire was not the first company looking to lock-in Auimatagi's signature, and if it had been up to Auimatagi, he might have put pen to paper a lot early had it not been for Arkle's advice.
"I am glad I waited a bit for the right moment and the right people to come, and I got to be thankful for Grant for that," Auimatagi explained.
"When we got our first deal handed to us, I wanted to sign straight away, but Grant was like, 'Wait, the bigger guys will be coming.' I am glad we waited as someone like Tony is really valuable for our team right now."
One of the benefits of signing with Dragon Fire is that once trans-Tasman travel resumes, and Auimatagi makes the move across the ditch, he will be training alongside four world ranked fighters, in the Moloney twins, one of whom, Andrew, currently holds the WBA super-flyweight title, and Bruno Tarimo and Billel Dib.
"They say in boxing iron sharpens iron, so just being surrounded by those people and the commitment they put in he (Auimatagi) is going to see what it takes to go to that next step," Tolj said when contacted by NZ Fighter.
"The main goal is I would like to keep him active. I am also working on him to get where he should be in the world ratings because he has fought a lot of guys and beat a lot of top-level guys, but he has not had the representation to get that done."
Auimatagi has always had the talent, but now he will also have the managerial muscle to help him navigate the international boxing scene.
For Auimatagi, his fans and Dragon Fire Boxing that trans-Tasman bubble cannot come soon enough.